Astana to appeal if licence revoked


Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Astana have indicated they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if their licence is revoked.

Cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, announced on Friday it would ask its licence commission to revoke the licence of Astana – the team of last year’s Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali – following an independent audit.

The audit was ordered by the UCI after a number of anti-doping infringements by Astana and its feeder team.

A statement from Astana released on Friday evening read: ” Astana Pro Team has received confirmation from the Union Cycliste International of their receipt of results from the recent audit by the Institute of Sport and Science at the University of Lausanne, and the subsequent transfer of those results to the independent licence commission.

” Astana Pro Team will consult with its attorneys to prepare documents and testimony before the independent license commission. A stana Pro Team will reserve its rights pending due process at the independent licence commission to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport following the scheduled procedure.”

A statement from the UCI read: “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today confirms that it has now reviewed the audit produced by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) (1) on Astana Pro Team and its anti-doping culture, policies, structures and management systems.

“The audit was one of the conditions attached to the registration of the team in the 2015 UCI WorldTour.

“After careful review of this extensive report, the UCI strongly believes that it contains compelling grounds to refer the matter to the Licence Commission (2) and request the Astana Pro Team licence be withdrawn.”

The UCI said the reality of the team’s policies and structures differs markedly from what Astana told the licence commission during a review last December.

Evidence in an anti-doping investigation in Italy also implicates members of the Astana team, the UCI said.

The statement added: “The UCI considers that the ISSUL audit has, among other things, revealed a big difference between the policies and structures that the team presented to the Licence Commission in December and the reality on the ground.

“In addition, the Italian authorities have provided the UCI with the sections of the Padova investigation which it has been authorised to share. As some evidence concerns Astana Pro Team members, the file has been passed to the licence commission as part of this referral.

“For the sake of due process, the UCI is not in a position to comment further on the content of the audit report, nor the Padova investigation, until the licence commission has assessed the situation and rendered its decision.

“But this decision to refer the matter to the licence commission was reached taking all circumstances and potential consequences into consideration.”

Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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